PLEASE NOTE I manage to get around these behaviors better than anyone else. I am mom and hold more respect with him but not enough and I know this. I'm looking for advice on how to deal with a horse whos been like this since the day he was born. He was imprinted and has had lots of handling. Day one he had a halter on. Week one he was leading. Week two he knew whoa. Month one he had a saddle pad and lead rope on his back. He was ponied along on trail rides as a young'en and did not miss any training points. I've raised over ten foals and broke many a young horse but I have never encountered a horse like him. I'm open to ideas. Please don't call me stupid or assume I have never owned a horse before and don't know what I am talking about. I am however open to training opinions regarding him. I am open to the idea that his behavior is our doing in some way. Ideas.. suggestions..non rude comments..helpful not nit picky please not looking for an argument.
PLEASE NOTE as well he was sent to a outside trainer for ground manners/respect..this is a well known Natural Horsemanship trainer and I paid a considerable amount thinking maybe it was just me. No break threw.. he returned the same ole Jasper. I would try again with another trainer but I feel this is something I can do. If the man I sent him to did little for him its un likely other trainers are the correct choice.
~ He IS friendly. Very. Very social. Very smart. Very quick learner but TOO quick. He gets bored easily.
~ He IS first to greet you. Will put his head in a halter for you like PLEASE PICK ME. Willing but then gets naughty due to.. boredom?
~He gets annoyed easily.
~He is super sensitive to peoples emotions. If your mad..he'll be mad. If you don't like him..he don't like you. If your upset.. he'll find a way to make you more upset. You HAVE HAVE HAVE to leave your problems at home even when walking into his pasture or something as simple as leading him.
~He has learned he's a very big boy and most are intimidated by him.
~He is not "Mean" OR "Nasty" OR "Rank" Not "Wild" OR "Hot"
~He is quite lazy. He is playful. He is smart. He can be a bully but is not a vicious horse. When I say he pins his ears and pretends he'll bite he does this not attacks humans. I know NOT GOOD but don't assume worse, just trying to paint a clear picture not trying to defend him!
He was twelve hours old and would leave his mothers side to pick on pasture mates. He would pin his little bratty ears and try to boss them around. He was like this from the get-go.
Under Saddle. He is broke at w/t/c and gallop. Just a play/pleasure horse. He SHOULD have a show carrier but I have no interest in doing so. Again he is very sensitive to feeling and emotion. If your nervous he acts up, if your angry he's ready to fight if your sad he'll make ya sadder, if your worried he'll give you a bigger worry. If your thinking clear and you focus on him the ride is great. If you forget for one minute who you are riding he'll stop and wont move. He'll jump sideways into a ditch like "just checking". He'll grab the bit putting the shank or O in his mouth from either side and turn himself. He has sit down before.
No, No, No not your normal horse at all. He does not buck. Does not bolt. Does not rear or crow hop. Is not spooky (Hes to cocky to be scared of anything) He pulls some goofy stunt like sitting..spinning himself..
Yes, his ground behavior is very stallion like. I will say he is much easier to ride than he is to handle on the ground. But riding Jasper is not relaxing.. ever. Grooming him is not even relaxing. He is not what I would call safe to allow kids near due to his grumpy mood sings and his goofy behaviors such as the time when he picked a kid up by the hood of his jacket.
SORRY. This got very long but I felt it necessary if I was going to ask for input that you get a fairly clear picture of the horse. Now, any advice?
I'm looking for respect ((Oh btw.. Putting him in a round pen is a joke)). I'm looking to get and keep his attention ((AT This point 5 minutes of his attention would stun me)) Looking for a way to teach him to tone down the aggression. Possibly get him to become less opinionated on peoples emotions!